May My Child Come For One Week Of A Two Week Session?
Our two-week long Sessions One, Two and Three are programs that are planned to be 10 days long; the second week is not just a repeat of the first week but a continuation of what was learned/experienced in the first week carried to new levels of learning the second week.

Our policy is to accept reservations for one week campers in two-week sessions only if their parents/guardians/grandparents pay for both weeks. This policy is in place because one week campers are reserving space that is normally reserved for two week campers and the spare week is then no longer available to those hoping to come for the full session.

There is an alternative to reserving space and paying for the entire session, however: You may ask that your camper be placed on our waiting list.  If there is space available beginning the Wednesday before your requested two-week session begins, and no one else on the waiting list requests the full two weeks, we will gladly have your camper attend for a single week of the session without paying for two full weeks.  This alternative works if you are able to wait things out knowing that attending may not pan out.


Is Your Child Ready For Nichols Day Camp’s Scamp, Nichols And Summer Adventure Programs?
Most camp directors look for 5 attributes or traits of readiness to begin camp or move from one age group program to another within camp. Ask yourself if these 5 traits are mostly true for your child, no matter which program they are attending this summer:

  1. honestly excited about camp
  2. able to follow directions without being asked repeatedly
  3. able to take care of own personal care in bathrooms and changing rooms and in regard to the use of sun screen
  4. able to keep track of own backpack, clothing, supplies and lunchbox
  5. possess a positive disposition about most experiences outside the home

If so, then she/he is probably ready for summer camp. Of course, campers don’t have to be perfect in all of these areas to attend because camp provides a wonderful opportunity to grow, improve and gain independence.

Scamp Program (5 and 6 year olds):

  • Tie shoes
  • Follow directions when asked
  • Change in and out of clothing independently with minimal assistance two-to-three times daily
  • Use bathroom facilities independently
  • Sit in group quietly, listen and contribute when asked
  • Line up and follow a counselor when directed
  • Care for belongings (keep track of lunchbox, water bottle, backpack, towel and footwear)
  • Receive minimal help applying sunscreen

Nichols Program (7-12 year olds):

  • Tie shoes
  • Follow directions with minor to no reminders in a variety of situations
  • Change in and out of clothing independently two-to-three times daily
  • Work both independently and in small, medium and small groups
  • Use bathroom facilities without behavioral supervision
  • Sit in groups and listen and contribute when asked
  • Line up and follow a counselor when directed
  • Care for belongings (keep track of lunchbox, water bottle, backpack, towel and footwear)
  • Carry backpack around camp all day
  • Apply sunscreen on own with minor help from counselors
  • Be a role model for younger campers

Summer Adventure Program:

  • Be a role model to younger campers
  • Follow directions in a variety of situations
  • Act as leader in a variety of situations
  • Work both independently and collaboratively in small, medium and large groups
  • Help contribute to the design of each Summer Adventure attended
  • Care for belongings (keep track of lunchbox, water bottle, backpack, towel and footwear)
  • Apply sunscreen independently as needed
  • Come to camp prepared each day

Going to a summer day camp is always an adjustment for campers whether they are new or experienced. At Nichols Day Camp each camper is stretched in new ways, but with well-trained, caring counselors and 50+ years of camping tradition, each camper is given phenomenal opportunities to learn, grow and have fun while spending their day outdoors in a beautiful natural setting.

Camp Weather

Wind Advisory

6:03 AM EST on December 12, 2017
11:00 PM EST on December 12, 2017
Tuesday 12/12 100%
Rain and snow this morning changing to rain late. Some sleet may mix in. High 43F. Winds ESE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Chance of Rain
Wednesday 12/13 40%
Chance of Rain
Rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Morning high of 37F with temps falling to near 20. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 12/14 0%
Partly Cloudy
Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 23F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.
There is no better testimonial than a child’s beaming face and that’s what my grandson, 8 years old, had every day he came home from his first summer at Nicols Day Camps. He loved his counselors, made friends, and generally had a blast swimming and playing sports, the things he most enjoys doing. The camp is run efficiently and safely, in a beautiful setting on Walker Pond, with lots of choices in activities rain or shine, and is a real bargain for the happy summers it provides. Sincere thanks to all involved for making my grandson’s summer so wonderful – he wants to come back every year now.
Leslie Knowlton